Developing Mathematics Curricula For Your Classroom (K-8)
Summer I, 2002: June 4 - June 21, 2002
Instructor: Bridget Coleman, M.Ed. (Mathematics Specialist, CSRA Hub)
Office: Office 206 / Ruth Patrick Science
Education Center / USC Aiken
Telephone: Office: 803-641-2834 (Office Hours Vary) Home: 803-641-4763
Class Meetings: Tuesdays - Fridays, 12:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
I. Descriptive Information: (3 graduate hours)
This course is designed to provide opportunities for professional
educators of grades K-8 to develop mathematics curricula.
Participants will develop and design a balanced mathematics
curriculum correlated with the South Carolina Mathematics Curriculum
Standards 2000, the PACT, and NCTM Principles and Standards for
School Mathematics. The course will prepare elementary and
middle school teachers for teaching the S.C. Mathematics Curriculum
Standards to all students in grades K-8 with the depth and
understanding required for success in mathematics. Alignment of
classroom instruction and assessment with state and national
curricula will be a major thread of the course.
II. Course Goals and Objectives:
A. General Goals: The goals of the course are to guide
educators in Ö
1. Developing the mathematics curriculum standards through alignment with textbooks
and other instructional materials.
2. Designing mathematics learning modules/curriculum guide by developing focus
questions, culminating assessments, teaching and learning activities and on-going
instruction, and best practices in mathematics instruction.
3. Facilitating mathematics learning in which students are actively engaged in critical
thinking, questioning, hypothesizing, planning, analyzing, synthesizing, and working
cooperatively as well as independently.
4. Using manipulatives, hands-on activities and technology to teach mathematics
B. Objectives: By the end of this course, participants will be
1. Demonstrate knowledge of each strand of the SC Curriculum Standards.
2. Develop and teach a unit addressing the S.C. Mathematics Curriculum Standards.
3. Identify appropriate activities for teaching math concepts for a given grade level.
4. Describe and demonstrate how hands-on mathematics teaching facilitates the learning
of children with varied learning styles.
5. Use manipulatives to discover, demonstrate, or verify mathematical phenomena.
Hatfield, M.M., Edwards, N.T., Bitter, G. G., and Morrow, J. (2001). Mathematics Methods for Elementary and
Middle School Teachers, Fourth Edition update. New York: Wiley Publishing Company.
*South Carolina Mathematics Curriculum Standards, [On-Line] South Carolina Department of Education, 1998 and 2000.
*Selected related articles will be provided and assigned.
*Childrenís literature books will be utilized.
*National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Reston, BA: NCTM (2000).
IV. Instructional Strategies:
A variety of instructional strategies will be implored including hands-on activities, lecture, discussion, cooperative learning, projects, questioning, readings, peer teaching, self-critique, and reflection.
V. Course Requirements:
A. Administrative Requirements:
1. Attendance Policy: Class attendance is mandatory and punctuality is expected.
2. Late Assignments: Late assignments will be penalized 10% per day.
3. The following statement should appear on all graded assignments: ìOn my honor as a University of South Carolina Aiken student, I have neither
given nor received an unauthorized aid on this assignment / examination. To the best of my knowledge I am not in violation of academic
4. If you have a physical, psychological, and/or learning disability which might affect your performance in this class, please contact the Office of
Disability Services, 126A B&E, (803) 641-3609, as soon as possible. The Disability Services Office will determine appropriate accommodations
based on medical documentation.
B. Required Activities:
The following assignments and activities will be used in evaluating the level of achievement in this course. Criterion sheets for each assignment will also be provided. The instructor reserves the right to change and/or delete assignments. Assignments should be typed unless otherwise specified. Credit will be awarded according to the degree to which the participants fulfill the following requirements.
VI. Grading Scale:
100% - 93% = A 92% - 90% = B+ 89% - 85% = B 84% - 82% = C+
81% - 78% = C 77% - 74% = D+ 73% - 70% = D Below 70% = F